The ‘Help to Buy’ scheme has seen the Government gamble £11.7 billion on house prices staying at the unaffordable and eye-wateringly high current levels.

It is the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government’s largest housing initiative by value and yet this money has done nothing to tackle Hackney’s broken housing market, the homelessness crisis, or overcrowding.

See me discuss this + Brexit being put on ice for a Tory leadership contest + a PAC hearing on EU consultancy costs in my new weekly round-up.

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Hackney is leading the way to make London a cleaner and greener city with the introduction of London’s new Ultra Low Emission Streets.

See me discuss this, Brexit and Labour’s victory in the Peterborough by-election in my new weekly round-up.

Read the PAC report on Cyber Security here.

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A report from Loughborough University and the ‘Campaign to End Child Poverty’, highlighted how one in every second child you meet in Hackney is living in poverty after accommodation costs are taken into account.

In the 21st century and in one of the richest countries in the world, this is unacceptable.

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The main message I heard on the doorstep during the European Elections is that people are sick and tired of the never-ending divisiveness over Brexit.

See me discuss this + the need for more good quality, affordable homes in Hackney, + a Public Accounts Committee report on apprenticeships.

Read the PAC report on apprenticeships here

 

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An inspiring evening with some real local heroes at the ‘100 Hackney Women’ celebration event.

See this in my new weekly round-up + the Public Accounts Committee hearing on HS2 and Crossrail, and my meeting with the tenants and new owners of the railway arches at London Fields.

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Since 2008 there've been 66 fires in the Parliamentary estate. It is only the hard work of the fire wardens and estate staff that have prevented a disaster.  

See this in my new weekly round-up + an inspirational evening with Project Indigo at Pinsent Masons - Stonewall’s 2019 most LGBT+ inclusive employer, and a visit to the Crossrail site ahead of a Public Accounts Committee session on this next week.

 

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With Parliament making history by recognizing the Climate Emergency, now is the time for urgent climate action.

See this and more, including botched probation reforms and Monday’s surgery in Hackney, in my new weekly round-up. Please don’t forget to register by 7 May to vote in the European Elections.

Click here for the PAC report on Transforming Rehabilitation: Progress Review.

 

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Economically, environmentally, and existentially, there is urgent need for action on Climate Change. There’s a lot to be done and we mustn’t let this slip off the agenda just because of Brexit.

See this and more in my new weekly round-up.

Read the transcript of the PAC hearing on NHS waiting times for elective and cancer care here

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Yet another week where there is no clear way forward in relation to Brexit. We’ve made progress on ruling out No Deal but there’s still a lot to play for.

See this and more in my new weekly round-up.

Read the PAC report on Crossrail here.

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